during my last shameful trip to walmart for printer
ink i also grabbed a dvd box set of "urban action"
films which was peeking from the $5 bin . m and
i just started our way through them one late night
earlier this week. the first was lady cocoa - which
was just silly and pointless - though we really don't
mind as long as there's plenty of 70's atmosphere
following lady cocoa, the final comedown (released in 1972 and rereleased
as blast in 1976) was much better with lots of philosophical conversation
mixed with sex and guns and revolution all told in a series of flashbacks.
The Final Comedown also deals with issues often overlooked in other
films of this type; the generation gap and the often tenuous alliance
with the “hippie” movement. Like many grassroots uprisings, the
Black Power movement and the campus upheavals of the late 60s
to early 70s were mainly fueled by the young, the voiceless and the
disenfranchised. Johnny doesn’t see eye to eye with his parents and
his radical politics disturbs them, particularly his mother. The entire
notion of blacks fighting whites is outside of her Jim Crow frame of
reference. He blames his mother for making a “nigger out of my
father with that white man’s god”. Frustrated and angry, Johnny
resents his parents’ generation for its perceived failures and broken
promises. His relationship with the white college activists doesn’t
fare much better because he distrusts their motives and commitment
but accepts them begrudgingly as a necessary evil.
read more on the final comedown here.
final comedown images from blaxploitationpride.org